ANC urges Minister Pravin Gordhan to cooperate with NPA, calls for calm

OCTOBER 11, 2016

The African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday said that it noted the announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to summon the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay to appear in court on fraud charges in relation to the investigation at the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

"This investigation and related, untested and mischievous 'conspiracy theories' has had a detrimental effect on the South African economy and we trust that today's announcement will move us a step closer to uncovering the truth from facts and bring this matter to finality," said ANC National Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa.

"We welcome today's remarks by the Head of the NPA, Advocate Shaun Abrahams, rejecting claims of political interference in the prosecutorial process. The ANC urges all parties as well as external stakeholders to allow the law to take its course.

"The ANC further urges Cde Pravin Gordhan and others to fully cooperate with the NPA in order to bring this matter to finality as soon as possible. The presumption of innocence until proven guilty remains a sacrosanct principle of our law and the ANC has full confidence in our judiciary to act as final arbiters in these matters."

Kodwa said that the ANC was also calling on interested parties to desist from public commentary, which would undermine due process or create further confusion.